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Wolfgang Schüssel

Wolfgang Schüssel

Chancellor of Austria (2000–2007), Minister of the Interior of Austria (2007)

Expert Events

15 January
GREATER EUROPE: IS IT STILL IN THE MAKING? Building 5, Floor 5, Conference Hall


Wolfgang Schüssel was born in Vienna in 1945. He received his doctorate in law in 1968 from Vienna University.

Between 1975 and 1989 Dr Schüssel served as a member of the Austrian Parliament. From 1989 to 1995 he worked as Minister for Economic Affairs and from 1995-1999 he was Vice Chancellor and Federal Minister for Foreign Affairs. From July to December 1998 Dr Schüssel played a key role in Austria’s EU Presidency of the Council of General and Foreign Affairs. In the period 1995 to 2007 he also worked as National Chairman of the Austrian People’s Party.

Between 2000 and 2007 Dr Schüssel served as Federal Chancellor of Austria where, amongst other things, he strove for fundamental and sustainable reforms. From January to June 2006 Austria held the EU Presidency.

Since 2008 Wolfgang Schüssel has been an active President of the Foreign Policy and United Nations Association of Austria. He serves on the Supervisory Board of RWE AG and the Board of Directors at Lukoil PJSC.

In 2011 together with Ambassador Martin Vukovich he established the Think Tank „DER-Dialog-Europe-Russia“.